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Levels 1-6 Descriptions

Level 1-Introduction to Water Skills

Purpose
To begin developing positive attitudes, good swimming habits and safe practices in and around the water
 
Prerequisites 
None - Participants start at about 6 years of age.
 
Learning Objectives

  •  Enter and exit water using ladder, steps or side 
  •  Blow bubbles through mouth and nose 
  •  Bobbing 
  •  Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects 
  •  Front and back glides and floats 
  •  Recover to vertical position 
  •  Roll from front to back and back to front 
  •  Tread water using arm and hand actions 
  •  Alternating and simultaneous leg actions on front and back 
  •  Alternating and simultaneous arm actions on front and back 
  •  Combined arm and leg actions on front and back 
  •  Learn how to stay safe, including recognizing an emergency and knowing how to call for help
  •  Learn how to stay safe in, on and around the water, including the use of a life jacket, recognizing lifeguards, and sun safety

Level 2- Fundamental Aquatic Skills

Purpose
To give participants success with fundamental skills, including learning how to float without support and to recover to a vertical position 
 
Prerequisites 
 Valid American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills certificate
OR
 Successful demonstration of all certification requirements from Level 1
 
Learning Objectives

  •  Enter and exit water by stepping or jumping from the side 
  •  Fully submerge and hold breath 
  •  Bobbing 
  •  Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects 
  •  Front, jellyfish and tuck floats 
  •  Front and back glides and floats 
  •  Recover to vertical position 
  •  Roll from front to back and back to front 
  •  Change direction of travel while swimming on front or back 
  •  Tread water using arm and leg actions 
  •  Combined arm and leg actions on front and back 
  •  Finning arm action 
  •  Learn how to stay safe, including recognizing an emergency, knowing how to call for help and perform
  • simple nonswimming assists
  •  Learn how to stay safe in, on and around the water, including the use of a life jacket, recognizing lifeguards, and sun safety
  •  Learn to look carefully before entering the water
  •  Learn what to think about and do when exhausted or caught in a dangerous situation

 

Level 3- Stroke Development

Purpose
To build on the skills in Level 2 by providing additional guided practice in deeper water
 
Prerequisites 
 Valid American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills certificate
OR
 Successful demonstration of all certification requirements from Level 2
 
Learning Objectives

  •  Enter water by jumping from the side 
  •  Headfirst entries from the side in sitting and kneeling positions 
  •  Bobbing while moving toward safety 
  •  Rotary breathing 
  •  Survival float 
  •  Back float 
  •  Change from vertical to horizontal position on front and back 
  •  Tread water 
  •  Flutter, scissor, dolphin and breaststroke kicks on front 
  •  Front crawl and elementary backstroke 
  •  Learn to look carefully before entering the water
  •  Learn to perform simple nonswimming assists
  •  Learn to recognize, prevent and respond to cold water emergencies
     

Level 4-Stroke Improvement

Purpose
To develop participants’ confidence in the strokes learned in Level 3 and to improve other aquatic skills 
 
Prerequisites 
 Valid American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Level 3: Stroke Development certificate
OR
 Successful demonstration of all completion requirements from Level 3
 
Learning Objectives

  •  Headfirst entries from the side in compact and stride positions 
  •  Swim under water 
  •  Feetfirst surface dive 
  •  Survival swimming 
  •  Front crawl and backstroke open turns 
  •  Tread water using 2 different kicks 
  •  Front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly 
  •  Flutter and dolphin kicks on back 
  •  Learn to look carefully before entering the water
  •  Learn what to think about and do when exhausted or caught in a dangerous situation
  •  Learn to perform simple nonswimming assists
  •  Learn about recreational water illnesses and how to prevent them

 

Level 5- Stroke Refinement

Purpose
To further learn how to coordinate and refine strokes
 
Prerequisites 
 Valid American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Level 4: Fundamental Aquatic Skills certificate
OR
 Successful demonstration of all completion requirements from Level 4
 
Learning Objectives

  •  Shallow-angle dive from the side then glide and begin a front stroke 
  •  Tuck and pike surface dives, submerge completely 
  •  Front flip turn and backstroke flip turn while swimming 
  •  Front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly 
  •  Sculling 
  •  Learn to look carefully before entering the water
  •  Learn what to think about and do when exhausted or caught in a dangerous situation
  •  Learn to perform simple nonswimming assists
  •  Learn about recreational water illnesses and how to prevent them
  •  Learn how to call for help and the importance of knowing first aid and CPR
  •  Learn basic safety guidelines for participating in aquatic activities at waterparks

 
Level 6- Fitness Swimmer

Purpose
To refine strokes so participants swim them with more ease, efficiency, power and smoothness and over greater distances
 
Prerequisites 
 Valid American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Level 5: Stroke Refinement certificate
OR
 Successful demonstration of all completion requirements from Level 5
 
Learning Objectives

  •  Increase endurance while swimming the following strokes:
    • Front crawl–100 yards
    • Back crawl–100 yards
    • Butterfly–50 yards
    • Elementary backstroke–50 yards
    • Breaststroke–50 yards
    • Sidestroke–50 yards
  •  Demonstrate the following turns while swimming:
    • Front crawl open turn
    • Backstroke open turn
    • Sidestroke turn
    • Front flip turn
    • Backstroke flip turn
    • Breaststroke turn
    • Butterfly turn
  •  Demonstrate etiquette in fitness swimming
  •  Discuss and demonstrate how to use the following equipment while swimming:
    • Pull buoy
    • Fins
    • Pace clock
    • Paddles
  •  Describe the principles of setting up a fitness program
  •  Demonstrate various training techniques
  •  Calculate target heart rate
  •  Apply the principles of water exercise